402 LIFE OF
"WE Iiave novr accompanied Huraboldt to the end
of tis political course, and liave arrived at the last
stages of Ms life. We saw how readily lie retired
from the service of the state when his talents were no
longer acceptable, He returned to private life, but
he did not, therefore, cease to strive and to work.
All the power and energy which lie had so success-
fully displayed in the management of public affairs
were mow concentrated on science and art; his inquir-
ing spirit penetrated to the deepest and slightest pe-
culiarities of the manners^ and especially the languages,
of distant regions, and? with lucid spirit, sought their
connexion with the history of human civilization. He
ornamented his family seat of Tegel by the coBection
of magnificent works of art,, and made it an intellec-
tual temple, a cheerful asylum for Ms friends, an
instructive means of study for himself. There the
frequently inspired him, and he composed.
minor poems. -Content and calm5 full of
confidence in an eternal existence, lie gently departed
from circle of his friends, ever memorable to all
who knew Mca.
little be hoped for on the field of politics at
that period ; a character only inciured the dan-
ger of being soiled^ aad it had3 besides., been frequently
regretted that Hmnboldt had not leisure enough to
continue those Htenury labours for which he had shown.
great ability. He therefore devoted himself to
a where something might yet be achieved,
sometMttg new and important "be founded. He